Tri County Report For February 4th, 2019

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in Taylor Township yesterday afternoon. According to police Paul Lauderbaugh of New Castle was exiting route 422 westbound onto route 168 when he lost control of his vehicle and rolled onto its roof. Lauderbaugh was taken to St.Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown for treatment.

Beaver County authorities don’t know why two men made the deadly decision to drive on railroad tracks.  Rochester police say David Riddle of Ohio and Casey Rector of Texas were killed Saturday when their SUV fell 15 feet from Norfolk Southern tracks into Riverfront Park.  Evidence indicates the pair intentionally drove onto the tracks.

According to the Ellwood City Ledger some workers at Ellwood City Medical Center, which has had three troubled payrolls in a roll, reported being paid Friday. It’s unclear if all workers received pay checks or if they were for their full amount. Because they were distributed late, some concern also was being expressed about whether the checks will be good when workers attempt to cash them today. The situation with payroll delays and reported nonpayments of vendors has come under federal and state investigation. The Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office also has opened a criminal probe in the case.

Three people were taken to the hospital following an accident in Hickory Township. State Police report 21 year old Bradley Esper of butler was traveling on Harlansburg road when he failed to stop at the intersection at State Road and struck a vehicle operated by 25 year old Samantha Alwardt of New Castle. Both drivers were taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment. A five year old girl in the Alwardt vehicle was taken to Childrens Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment.

There are 96 Pennsylvania State Troopers set to get to work.  The 154th cadet class graduated in Harrisburg Friday and will be off to their respective new barracks starting this week.  The P-S-P now has just shy of 45-hundred troopers state wide.

Residents of two Beaver County communities are under a boil advisory.  Aliquippa Water Authority officials say a water main break Saturday on Green Garden Road caused a significant drop in water pressure to Raccoon and Potter townships.  People are being asked to boil their water for at least three minutes before using it for drinking or cooking.

A Beaver Falls man is facing charges after being found with drugs during a parole officer’s home check.  Dwayne Wells was charged after being found with cocaine, heroin, and marijuana January 25th at his Second Avenue home.  Wells had been under supervision for a firearms violation and previous drug charge.  The 28-year-old is in Beaver County Jail on 75-thousand-dollars bail.

Pennsylvanians hoping to hunt big game with powerful semiautomatic rifles are not going to get the chance this year.  The state Game Commission announced over the weekend that the use of semiautomatic centerfire rifles for big game hunting will not be permitted for the 2019-2020 season.  The reported reasons include public input and opinions from the General Assembly, among others.

Over $1.9 million in grants are awarded to infrastructure projects in Hermitage, Sharon and South Pymatuning Township. According to a press release from State Representative Mark Longietti, The grant will help repair multiple roads, sidewalk and intersections in Mercer County. The grants are provided through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.